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This is a repost of an earlier set of photos of the labor memorial in Hart Plaza. This is dedicated to the men, women and children battling on the front lines in Wisconsin, as we speak.

“Labor’s Achievements Are America’s Strength”

Damn straight.

And conversely, if we squander Labor’s Achievement, we are giving up America’s Strength.

When people speak out against unions, and speak out against Labor – they also must stand accountable for all that they actually condemning.

Without the Labor Movement, we would not have a vast amount of things we now consider “freedoms”. . . .

Anybody who thinks for-profit education is a good idea and will result in a properly educated populace, think again. The for-profit medical insurance industry is the best example of what privatization can do to a civilization. When the motive for an organization is profit above all other motives, you can not expect individuals within that system to exercise sound moral and ethical decision making in their day to day work.

Unions ended child labor in the United States of America…… for the most part.

But America adores slave labor for some damned reason, and its business people have figured out how to outsource slavery to different regions for profit here in the States. ( When possible they import the slave labor. Politicians call that “illegal immigration”. )

Slave of the Slave.

It is said that no culture, no society, no nation, no country can ever rise above Third World status without first elevating the status of the woman. This is the simple sociological truth.

In the U.S.A., and here in Detroit and in Michigan, women did not wait to “elevated” by their male peers, they took their destiny into their own hands – in the form of dramatic and sometimes violent work actions against often inhuman working conditions.

In its simplest definition, the capitalist workplace is NOT a democracy. It is microimperialism. A little monarchy, if you prefer.

What brings democracy to the workplace is the union.

And only when the people are represented, are the peoples rights protected.

If you are anti-Labor, you best not be cashing those “socialist” checks.

Poor people have nothing else but each other. This is why all racism is BULLSHIT.

It is a class war. And they have kept us fighting each other for so long, that by the time we realized that we were even at war, we have all but lost.

There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.

-Billionaire Warren Buffett

Poverty is violence.

Debt is slavery.

Who the what now ?

Falls under “Life liberty and the pursuit of happiness” as an inalienable right.

It is a human right.

But one thing – It is NOT HEALTH INSURANCE we need as a society.

Make it straight up HEALTH CARE.

In recent history, people have stopped saying the “guaranteed” part. To the point where most critics who are not involved with a pension program seem to think its a fringe benefit or something.

Well the pension program is sane, and sustainable.

Unlike the 401K scam, where you throw your paper into the Casino Capitalism market and gamble away your retirement. Actually hoping that you die before you run out of money. Think about it !

With a pension, if you live long, you draw long. You gain. If you live short, you draw short, and the fund gains. It all balances out, and everybody has exactly enough to live as long as they want to.

Well, we’ve seen what its like to live under a government that does away with Health and Safety Protection… Poison toys, poison petfood, poison baby bottles, contaminated peanutbutter, spinach, peppers – you name it.

We have lost a lot of this in the last few years. Paybacks are a bitch, and We the People are responsible for whatever we let our government do to other countries. I’m not going all crazy here, I am saying there is atonement to be made.

All these High Rights we speak of: Civil Rights, liberty, freedom – they all speak to one commonality.

Human Rights.

end rant.

7 Responses to Labor’s Achievements

  • I’ve wanted to do a documentary for many years on these stones…but walking them BACKWARDS out of the spiral, to see how the good labor unions did has largely been UNdone, within our lifetimes.

    Most within the past ten years, if we get down to it.

    Cheers

  • Thanks for the reminder, too many people have forgotten.

  • Amen brother. What rant? Makes perfect sense to me.

  • I’m with you brother.

    Without jobs there will always be ‘budget’ problems. Jobs this country has been sending away for years, jobs (of all types) that will never comeback. Remaining businesses have never, and never will be, able to ‘absorb’ these workers in numbers large enough to offset the reduction of total jobs.

    I guess, in order for ‘low cost’ countries to be ‘successful’ this country needs to fail.

  • Jesus was the first Socialist.

    And without unionized labor we had no 40 hour work week, no 8 hour work day, no workmans comp, no unemployment insurance, no vacations, no restrictions on child labor, no safe food, no safe workplaces, no minimum wage, no fair pay for women, no overtime pay, no lunch break, no bathroom breaks, no sick leave, no maternity leave, no HEALTH INSURANCE.

    That is just the beginning of the list.

  • It seems that what is occurring in Wisconsin is a shame but not that surprising. The Republicans, Tea Party members and associated people seem bent on one doing things one way – and that way will have an effect on everyone but not in a good way.

    Send jobs away and then complain there is a lack of jobs and tax revenue. Reduce wages, raise prices and then complain about the ability to live functionaly in your neighborhood. Speak of ‘the right to choose’, while preventing others the right to choose. Go to church on Sunday, forget it on Monday but call yourself Christian.

    Union is not a vulgar word and I support all organized labor. Maybe I will go read the Bible again and find where it says tear your neighbor down, condemn the sick, the poor and the uneducated and then maybe I’ll understand the conservative christians.